Dwight D. Eisenhower left office on 20 January 1961, thereby ending his official relationship with Harold Macmillan. Ike retired to his beloved Gettysburg while Macmillan remained prime minister until 18 October 1963, when he resigned from office after undergoing painful prostate surgery. During the 1960s, Eisenhower and Macmillan saw each other only twice, an ironic circumstance for two leaders who had spent so much time together between 1957 and 1961. Eisenhower visited Macmillan in London in August 1962 during a trip to Europe that also included a visit to Sweden. Macmillan visited Eisenhower in January 1968 at the former president’s winter residence in Palm Desert, California. The two friends did maintain a sporadic correspondence, however, from 5 February 1961 until 17 February 1969, a month before Eisenhower’s death on 28 March 1969.
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